1st Pres. of Liberia-from U.S

Joseph Jenkin Roberts (1848-1856). A wealthy Monrovia merchant who emigrated in 1829 from Petersburg, Virginia. He became the first black ACS governor of Liberia in 1841. In 1848, he was elected the first President of an Independent Liberia. He achieved international recognition for the new country before leaving the Presidency in 1856. After many years as president of Liberia College, Roberts again was re-elected to serve as Liberian President from 1872-1876.